The NFL Draft is around the corner, and with the NFL Draft, there are trades that are made on draft day. Some memorable draft day trades include the 2004 trade between the San Diego Chargers and the New York Giants that sent the no. 4 overall pick Philip Rivers from the New York Giants to San Diego in exchange for the no. 1 overall pick Eli Manning, as well as the famous trade in 2012 that sent the St. Louis Rams’ no. 2 overall pick to the Washington Redskins in exchange for the Redskins’ no. 6 overall pick, Washington’s 2nd round pick, as well as Washington’s first round picks of 2013 and 2014. So here are some possible draft day trades for 2016:
- Los Angeles Rams acquire no. 6 pick from Baltimore Ravens
The new team in SoCal needs to get the California Golden Bear QB Jared Goff before division foe San Francisco drafts him, which is presumably going to happen if the Cleveland Browns draft QB Carson Wentz as projected, as well as no trades involving the Chargers and the Ravens. The Ravens also need to make this trade because they don’t need the top 10 pick in this deep draft class as much as they need more picks in this deep draft class, and there will be a 2nd round draft pick involved in this trade if it happens. This would mean that the Ravens have a chance to maybe draft a wide receiver in the 2nd round such as Braxton Miller from Ohio State, who possesses the big play ability that the Ravens need in their offense. Overall, this trade would benefit both teams very much.
- San Francisco 49ers acquire no. 3 pick from San Diego Chargers
There has been speculation that the San Diego Chargers will trade out of their no. 3 draft spot to acquire more picks for the draft this year, as well as possibly acquiring the 2017 first round pick from the San Francisco 49ers if this trade was to happen. This trade would be a reaction to possibly the Tennessee Titans drafting CB Jalen Ramsey no. 1 overall, and the Cleveland Browns drafting OT Laremy Tunsil. This would truly shake up the draft since this trade would result in the 49ers drafting QB Carson Wentz, the no. 1 QB prospect in this year’s draft. Chip Kelly would love an opportunity to get a new QB to develop in his high paced offense.
- Seattle Seahawks acquire no. 21 pick from Washington Redskins
This trade doesn’t have the flashy top 10 trade swap, but this can affect the rest of the draft in terms of the later rounds. Washington needs more picks, not higher picks. This would also give Pete Carroll and company an opportunity to draft OT Taylor Decker at that no. 21 spot to replace Russell Okung who signed with Denver for a 3 year deal. The Seahawks would love to trade up to this spot, and with the Redskins learning the upsides of trading back in the first round the hard way, they like that.
- Detroit Lions acquire no. 12 pick from New Orleans Saints
This trade would only move the Detroit Lions up 4 slots in the first round, but they need to draft a wide receiver to replace recently retired Calvin Johnson. That receiver would be Laquon Treadwell out of Ole Miss. Despite the disappointment of his 40 yard dash at his pro day, he is still the best wide receiver in this draft class, and the Lions need someone opposite Golden Tate. This would also benefit the Saints because they could possibly draft a few skill positions later because they would receive more picks in the later rounds of the draft, so they can likely get a Christian Hackenberg or a Connor Cook in the 2nd round if they trade back to that spot.
- Miami Dolphins acquire no. 9 pick from Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Miami Dolphins did hold the no. 8 spot in this draft before acquiring the no. 13 pick from the Philadelphia Eagles in a package with CB Byron Maxwell and LB Kiko Alonso in the Eagles’ effort to clean out the players brought in by Chip Kelly. They also acquired some more late round draft picks that could be used on some defensive talent. But aside from that, the player that they need to get in this draft more than anyone is CB Vernon Hargreaves III who will be most likely picked at the no. 9 slot with Tampa Bay. Now that the Dolphins have some extra picks, they could trade that pick to Tampa to draft Hargreaves III. Tampa could use some more picks in this draft as they lost OG Logan Mankins to retirement. I would see them trying to lure in the Miami 2nd round pick to possibly draft OT Taylor Decker with the no. 13 pick and develop him into a guard. The Buccaneers could also receive the 2nd rounder from the Dolphins to draft an explosive skill position player such as WR Braxton Miller. Overall, this trade would be a win-win scenario if this was to occur on draft day.